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spoke a few hours ago, and breaking news, john kerry will speak in about 15 minutes. kerry is in ukraine's capital of kiev. the secretary also visited independence square, which had been the center of protests and where a huge memorial has now been erected to those killed before president yanukovych was ousted. we'll bring you secretary kerry's remarks live when he starts. again, that's in about 15 minutes from now. meantime, speaking publicly for the first time since the ukraine crisis boiled over, president putin accused the west of encouraging a, quote, unconstitutional coup in ukraine and said russia reserves the right to use military force as a, quote, last resort. however, these images, obviously, are stirring. russian troops, who had taken control of a ukrainian air base in crimea fired warning shots as ukraine soldiers approached. all this as we said with secretary of state john kerry now in ukraine in a show of support. nbc news chief fortunate affairs correspondent andrea mitchell joins us now by phone in kiev. andrea, do we have a preview of what we might hear from secretary k
and politically. and late word this afternoon that u.s. secretary of state john kerry will soon be on his way to the region. we're covering developments from washington to crimea, which is where nbc's bill neely starts us off tonight. bill? >> reporter: yes, russia's takeover of crimea, lester, is almost complete. they've done it without tanks, without firing a single shot. ukraine's navy is either under russian guard or gone. its army now surrounded by moscow's men. russian soldiers on the march in ukraine. this unit is taking up positions outside a ukrainian army base. the objective? to take it from troops who were once their comrades in the soviet army. but times and loyalties have changed. the russians have come prepared for a fight. behind the gate, the ukrainian troops are dressed for combat but look bewildered. and no wonder. their country has been invaded, their homeland, crimea, taken over. two armys in a tense standoff. it's been decades since we've seen as clear a russian takeover in eastern europe as this one. and so far there is no sign whatsoever that the ukrainian soldiers behi
, the conversation continues on the website >> >> secretary of state john kerry is heading to kiev. the white house now weighing its next steps in ukraine. russia shows no signs of pulling troops out of the country. >>> digging out again - washington forced to shut down as another winter storm cripples parts of the u.s. >>> memories uncovered from one of america's darkest chapters. the findings by archeological crews at an internment camp. >>. >>> dog mushers open their sleds for a nearly 1,000 mile trek. . >>> hi, everyone, welcome to al jazeera america. good to have you with us. i'm thomas drayton. >>> new developments overnight, president obama met with the national security team to discuss the crisis in ukraine. secretary of defense chuck hagel, secretary of state john kerry and susan rice were in the meeting. secretary of state john kerry boarded a plane at andrew's air force base, headed to kiev to meet with the interim government on tuesday. kerry's trip coming as russia shows no signs of backing off from crimea. they received a deadline to lay down arms or face a full-scale assault. russia
that russia must respect ukraine's territorial integrity. we know that secretary of state kerry will be coming here for very much the same reason, to give support to the fledgling government. over in brussels and in europe there have been a number of groups that have said they are meeting to discuss possible consequences for what has happened. for example the eu head of security, katherine ashton said russia must withdraw, it should withdraw. there are grave concerns in europe but the west as nick schifrin indicated doesn't have the military might to do it but we are starting to hear word of possible economic strength and economic pressure on russia. they may not be able to put tanks on the ground. nobody wants a direct confrontation with russia dell l but there is a possibility of hitting where it hurts in the pocketbook. >> phil, thank you very much. the crisis in ukraine has quickly become one of the most tense and complex issues especially for president obama. new leadership there in the face of that russian military intervention. mike viqueria is at the white house. when the secretary arr
secretary kerry to kiev later tonight from here at andrews air force base. they are considering tough economic sanctions against russia. the question is, is vladimir putin even paying attention. russia's leader today pointedly showing off his military might, signaling he is not about to back down, despite criticism from europe, and an unprecedented 90-minute call, a tough one with president obama who repeated his warning today. >> what cannot be done is for russia with impunity, to put its soldiers on the ground and to violate basic principles that are recognized around the world. >> reporter: the president, secretary of state and vice president spent the weekend marshaling world leaders against vladimir putin. >> continuing down this path of violating the sovereignty of another country will have costs and consequences. >> reporter: the u.n. security council met today, and u.s. rhetoric was strong and pointed. >> what is happening today is a dangerous military intervention today in ukraine. it is an act of aggression. it must stop. >> reporter: the u.s. is threatening sanctions, banni
in ukraine, several fast moving developments on the ground as secretary of state john kerry landed in kiev this morning. the new video showing him with ukraine's acting president has the white house lays out its economic plan to bolster ukraine's finances. >>> next hour at home, president obama puts his money where his mouth is, unveiling a budget that backs up his income inequality message that backs young children and universal e pre-k. and it has been a winter of extreme cold, record snow. has the deep freeze changed how americans are spending? >>> we begin with the white house confronting major challenges on the domestic and international fronts. the president next hour will unveil a nearly $4 trillion budget at an elementary school in washington, as they battle with republicans over the economy and income inequality. overseas, secretary of state john kerry has arrived in the ukrainian capital of kiev, where he just met with the acting president. he's there to show support for the country's embattled government, which includes a billion dollars in aid. a new sign of aggression, russi
's right, and secretary of state john kerry announced that he will personal reply fly to kiev on tuesday to meet with ukrainian officials. this as other senior administration officials speaking on background, holding out hope that russian president vladimir putin will reverse course and withdraw his troops from crimea. >> late sunday secretary of state john kerry announced he will personally go to kiev for talks with ukrainian officials on tuesday. the administration holding out hope that russian president will reverse course and pull his troops out. secretary of state john kerry insists this is not the cold war all over again, but, he says, russia's behaviour towards ukraine invokes an earlier error. >> you don't, in the 21st century, behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on trumped up pretext. >> russia has complete operational control over crimea, with 6,000 plus troops on the ground. the escalating confrontation has the administration scrambling to respond. kerry and president obama worked the phones, coordinating with allies. all of them are prepared to go to th
, welcome to al jazeera. secretary of state john kerry is set to meet russia's minister, amid a war of words over the standoff in crimea's peninsula. john kerry arrived for talks on-tuesday, the high level meeting the first between the two countries since russia september troops to crimea. ukraine offered little assurance of a peaceful solution. a meeting two the two country's defence ministers on tuesday epded in a stalemate, one said "we have no sign of hope." >> lisa stark joins us from washington in a moment. but jennifer glasse is in the crimea city of sevastopol. good morning. we heard from foreign minister sergei lavrov before the meeting with kerry. what did he have to say? >> good morning, sergei lavrov speaking in madrid making clear the russian position is far from the american position. moscow believes president viktor yanukovych was ousted illegally. that moscow was forced to act because what happened in kiev could be contagious, criticising the west for supporting the new government in kiev, criticising what sergei lavrov called protesters acting against the ukrainian constitut
by the international community, secretary of state john kerry is still planning to be here tomorrow. there will be a number of phone calls around, including apparently vice president biden on the phone with prime minister medvedev, so lots going on here. >> do we have any idea about what the russians are saying about this crisis so far? >> the russians are still staying very strong on what they think is the right thing to do. they say they are coming in to protect people. this is what foreign minister had to see about their motivation for going into crimea. >> this is a question of defending our citizens and compatriots and ensuring human life especially the right to life. those trying to interpret the situation as aggression and threatening us with sanctions and boy cots are the same partners who have been consistently encouraging the political powers close to them to declare ultimate items and renounce dialogue. >> also in a very strong show of force, del, today, vladimir putin, the president of russia tweeting pictures of a spot inspection of those troops who lion the border regi
was fired. secretary of state john kerry is expected to touchdown in kiev. is he just going to try to show support for ukraine's fledgling government. let's pick up the story there. we are live at that air base in crimea where you saw the altercation. what's the latest? >> reporter: well, what we understand from the commander of this base, which is a military base north of sa vast pole, he received an ultimatum that by noon, this base must surrender to russian forces. clearly, the situation here is quite tense. now, right behind me, there are cr ukraiyoukrainian soldiers, some arms at the ready. some of their wives and relatives have come bringing food and refreshment for them. the wives as well saying they are here to stay despite the empation of an ultimate -- implementation of an ultimatum. >> two very different narratives being told here. but there on the ground where ben is, you have crew yan january families saying they feel they are under siege by the russians. president obama is holding high-level cabinet talks at the white house. this happened last night. the plan moving forward i
calls terror. meantime, our secretary of state john kerry is in dehe have meeting with leaders of the newly formed ukrainian government as the united states announce as one billion dollars eight package to ukraine and considers sanctions that putin says will only backfire. a live report moments from now. but first right now, breaking news on today's top headlines and brand new stories you will see here first. jon: a major announcement from nascar star kurt bush. what he is planning to do that no driver in the last decade has done. >>> 8-year-old suing her parents for college tuition. today they face off in court. >>> and toronto mayor rob ford appearing on "jimmy kimmel" live. the man who admitted to smoking crack reacted to the suggestion that he get some help. it is all "happening now." jenna: lots of news to get to today. we start with words that new obamacare delay is in the works. apparently in time to help democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. that is what some say. hello, everybody, great to see you. i'm jenna lee. jon: another day, another alteration of the rules
putin hitting back at the u.s. as secretary of state john kerry arrives in kiev. tonight the very latest on a very dicey stand-off. >>> trouble in the air. a record number of passengers hit hard, 80,000 flight cancellations during this winter of our discontent. tonight, as we go inside the faa command center, we'll see the decision making behind it. >>> the price you pay. a stunning new look at the cost of having a baby in america. more expensive than anywhere else in the world. and tonight why there's no rhyme or reason for it. >>> and the surprise salute. a funny thing happened during a race in california. when the runners spotted a reason to stop. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. vladimir putin says russian troops aren't occupying crimea, they are apparently merely walking the streets and driving in convoys with weapons loaded and drawn. as this very tense ukraine crisis continues, president putin today was defiant. he spoke out today for the first time since the big escalation of this crisis in ukraine. he hit back at the u.s. and to no one's surprise, he said he had no i
kerry set to meet in paris just hours from now. they are meeting there for talks to try to end the crisis. putin is talking of expanding his military operation in crimea. the russian president says there are no russian soldiers in ukraine. he insists they are just local self defense forces. >> russian forces have seized part of a ukrainian missle defense unit. they are trying to find a solution. we have reporters on the ground in ukraine, russia, and washington this morning covering all the angles. let's begin with cnn white house correspondent. what are you hearing from the white house this morning? >> reporter: nothing this early at this point. today john kerry is going to meet with his counter part, the russian foreign minister. leaders there are expressing concern at not seeing russia at this point at the table to talk about this situation. that talk between secretary kerry and the foreign minister, as far as we know at this point, is expected to go forward in a matter of hours. everyone is hoping that that does continue. but the views between the u.s. and russia have sharp
now, high level talks aimed at easing the crisis in ukraine are under way. john kerry just met with his russian counterpart, sergey lavrov. secretary kerry said he urged lavrov to engage in direct talks with ukraine. meantime, parallel talks between nato and russia are being held in brussels, belgium. secretary kerry also met in paris today with u.s. allies. that meeting included ukraine's new interim foreign minister, who was one of the protesters in kiev. he actually traveled to paris with kerry after kerry's high profile visit to that country's capital yesterday. the meeting concluded with issuing of the statements saying in part, "united states, united kingdom, and ukraine agreed direct talks between ukraine and russia facilitated as needed by members of the international community are crucial to resolving the current situation." meantime, russian troops remain in firm control of ukraine's crimea peninsula, amid lingering fears they will not stop there. jim maceda joins us live from moscow with more on the diplomatic efforts under way. jim, what's the latest? >> reporter: h
ukrainian border. blood may be spilled as secretary of state john kerry heads to the region. has the u.s. been outplayed by putin again? >> also breaking, thousands of flights cancelled today as yet another winter storm tears through the east. but the forecast is changing rapidly. who's getting hit now and who is being spared? >>> historic win, we are live from hollywood the morning after "12 years a slave" backs the first movie by a black director to take the top prize and host ellen degeneres literally broke twitter. >> your "new day" starts now. >>> good morning. welcome to "new day" this monday, march 3rd, 6:00 in the east. ukraine officials say they're on the brink of war with russia. just this morning there was an assault at a weapons depot in crimea where armed men attacked a military base. we are going to try to understand it as it comes in. officially thousands of russian troops have ousted ukrainian forces and taken complete control of crimea. ukraine is in yellow, crimea in red. crimea is so key to russia. just ten miles separate russia from crimea, but there's a lot o
are gradually stepping up their response. john kerry says that moscow could be excluded from the g-8. politicalld prefer coming together. >> with pro-russian forces around the ukrainian military bases, the united states has used strong words to describe the tension there. >> russia has engaged in a military act of aggression against another country. >> john kerry says the united states may threaten economic sanctions against russia, including travel bans. >> russia they be able to evade crimea, but in the end, russia will isolate itself. there will be a cost to the economy of russia, costs to russian businesses, costs to russian individuals. >> you set to travel on tuesday she showed his support. is going over sanctions, analysts say that they will be worthless without similar moves from the european union. they are reluctant to follow suit. union'ss the european third-largest trading partner. europe is very dependent on those imports. russia supplies one third of their crude oil and natural gas needs, more than any other country. diplomatic efforts appear to have leaned towards dial
on the phone for 90 minutes this weekend. secretary of state john kerry is heading to the region tomorrow. the obama administration says it's going to threaten russia with a combination of sanctions and a diplomatic way out of ukraine. but the russians don't seem to be looking for a way out. president putin claims the military action is protecting the minority ethnic russian population. some russian protesters seen here in this video beating up a pro-ukrainian protester. others have been tearing down ukrainian flags and raising the flag of the russian federation. simon, do you agree that this could be the most important foreign policy decision president obama will make thus far in his presidency? >> oh, absolutely, gretchen. i think there's no question this is the most important foreign policy issue facing him and the most important moment in the history of the relationship between washington and moscow since the collapse of the soviet union. we are at a point now where the russians appear de facto to have annexed the crimean peninsula. the real question is whether or not this is as far a
general kerry is due to meet the russian foreign minister for talks in paris later today. among the discussions could be the areas discussed between president and angela merkel last night. that is for international monitors to be put on the ground in crimea. russian forces back to base. sergei lavrov has made it clear in the last few hours that the troops on the ground in crimea are not russian. he says they are from self-defense forces looking to russia for protection, but not members of the russian military. those are the outlines of the developments so far today. let's just listen to a little of what sergei lavrov had to say in mid drid. >> translator: i would to understand what you understand by pro russian forces. these are the forces of self-defense created by the residents of crimea. we did not order them. they didn't get any orders from us. as to the military personnel of the black sea fleet, they are in places of their dislocation, yes. some additional measures of extra vigilance were taken to provide the security of the troops of the police fleet. as our president said
and this morning, secretary of state kerry suggesting an aid package for crew yan. david cameron announcing boycott the paralympics in sochi to this start week. we have three reports, ian williams is in ukraine. we start with ian williams. >> reporter: craig, good day to you from the center of the slightly bizarre spectacle of protesters in the shadow of a statue of lenin. but at same tootimes, yesterday of supporters of the new government in kiev leaving dozen injured. sinister when we saw a militia-type group take over the city hall here. now, they broke in, they stayed there for a day. then equally as mysteriously, they disappeared sunday morning. and today, there were lines of riot police waiting out the front. now, the protesters here in the shadow of lenin have their own barricades. they have their own flowers, pictures. but these are of former riot policemen that died in the clashes in kiev a few days ago. they are clearly very encouraged by events in crimea and hope russia will react here. the big fear, of course, is that russia is trying to kree yacrea situation, stir up chaos and instabil
hospital. >> secretary of state john kerry will travel to kiev on tuesday to meet with ukranian officials. kerry's trip comes as a response to russia's military advance into ukraine. kerry has raised the possibility of issuing economic sanctions and visa bans. russian forces are surrounding three military bases in the strategic crimean peninsula. this is prompting fears an armed conflict could break out at any moment. . uniformed gunmen can be seen in crimea, but, with no identifiable insignia, who they are or where they are from is still unclear. the majority of crimeans are ethnic russian and moscow keeps a naval base there. while many there are welcoming the russians-- ukraine's interim prime minister has another message for moscow. >> we urge the president to pull back his military. >> however.russia says they are only trying to protect their interests in the region. secretary of state john kerry called it "an incredible action of aggression" and threatened very serious economic consequences. economic pressure may not be enough. ukraine's ambassador to the u-n says he wants military s
the russian flag over the peninsula. a move they call a declaration of war. secretary of state john kerry says the move sun acceptable and the u.s. is not ruling out any responses. amy kellogg joins from us kiev. amy? >> reporter: jon, top of it all the most intense fog has just descended upon kiev. we're right in front ever the independence square where all the protesters gathered all those months and there are a few hundred diehards out in the cold, trying to keep spirit up and drum up support for a united ukraine in the face of these threats. the latest ultimatum coming to according to ukraine's defense ministry from russia's black sea fleet, saying if ukrainian bases don't evacuate by 5:00 p.m. local time, they will storm them, russian troops will storm them. given that most people acree at this point, russia has complete operational control over crimea, it is not clear what this latest escalation will accomplish. but it is also not clear from what we've been seeing what the endgame here is for russia. it is bizarre that it is almost old news that russian troops fanned out across crimea an
. >> the crisis in ukraine, two developments this morning: first, secretary of state john kerry is in kiev as tensions between ukraine and russia escalate. second, in the last few hours, russian presidents putin went before t cameras to address the situation. abc7 news reporter is in washington with the latest. >>> good morning, world powers are warning president putin to withdraw before the situation explodes. so far, he has not budged. >> russian president putin is not back down. today he called the new government illegitimate say it took power as a result of a coup and has ordered some troops on the border to return home tensions are high. >> with the russian air force in the skies and russian boots on the ground and the russian navy patrolling the ports putin controls the crimea region a huge escalation raising tensions around the globe. russia says the troops are protecting shall be citizens from the unrest sparked by protests that led to the out of thing of the president. >> the country is plunged into chaos. all military exercises are put on hold by the pentagon. president obama is
of his presidency. he's dispatching the secretary of state john kerry to kiev. let's check in with our white house correspondent. >> reporter: secretary kerry is making tough statements. he'll travel to ukraine and meet with new leaders there and offer strong u.s. support. the senior administration officials too have been making these, offering these warnings hammering russian president put decision-making on this saying he miscalculated as well as beefing up warnings that we will isolate with other nations russia internationally. the secretary of state is preparing for an emergency trip to the center of the crisis. it comes after president obama and his national security team worked through the weekend of the dangerous escalating situation in ukraine. the president spoke by phone with leaders of canada, france, germany, poland, the uk after an hour and a half call with vladimir putin himself. senior administration officials say obama flatly rejected putin's reasons for entering ukraine and taking over crimea, telling him to back out. but also offering ways forward through dialogue or
.s. secretary of state john kerry doing the same. mr. kerry has promised there will be a robust attempt. it will have the needed effect on russia. obviously the russian troops are in control there. they have moved in. and the crisis does continue. so the governments in the west are faced with a dilemma. >> thanks very much indeed. that he wants the view coming from kiev. let's find out what the position is in crimea at the moment. christian frazier is in sa fast poll. that he wants the mood like in sevastopol? >> it might be calm behind me, david, but it's not calm at the naval hq. a crowd growing and getting increasingly impatient. really the picture of the day for me was that brotherly tap on the hand at the gate between the russian soldier and ukrainian soldier. the crowds outside might provide the spot. it would just take the smallest thing to happen for the situation to get out of hand. certainly kiev authorities would not want that to happen. it's precarious. the troop buildup continues. we're getting reports as a i said, on the eastern coast of the peninsula and signs that maybe
of state john kerry is due to arrive in a few hours's time. >>> a key witness is brought to tears over that she heard on the night reeva steenkamp was killed. . >>> resurgence of old heroes in japan. tokyo seeks to commemorate the kamikaze pilots of the second world war. >>> the most expensive city to live in. it has higher prices on everything from petrol, beer, to utilities and clothing. paris comes second. mumbai tops the other end for being the cheaper. >>> hello. it's midday here in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, 3:00 p.m. in moscow where president putin delivered a lengthy and damning account of the crisis in ukraine. he said there has been an unconstitutional coup in the country and russia must protect its own citizens if they're already threat. he said it remained ukraine's legitimate leader but said he no longer had a political future. he said it was suspending military cooperation with moscow and was considering further measures after russian forces moved into the autonomous region of crimea. diplomatically an awful lot going on. tim? >> reporter: well, you would hardly bel
if the m imea. but john kerry who visited the capitol of kiev and president obama insisted what vladimir putin says does not match what's happening on the ground. >> i don't think that's fooling anybody. i think everybody recognizes that although russia has legitimate interests in what happens in a neighboring state, that does not give it the right to use force as a means of exerting influence inside of that state. >> we condemn the russian federation's act of aggression. it is clear that russia has been working hard to create a pretext for being able to invade further. russia has talked about russian-speaking minority citizens who are under siege. they're not. and in fact this government has acted remarkably responsibly by urging total calm. >> now, today mr. putin would not acknowledge to reporters that russian troops were even in crimea, but he did say his intentions are not a takeover of crimea. >> we are not going to go to wor with ukraine, but you crepe has the army. i want you to understand clearly. if we do this, it will only be to protect local people. >> now, russia plans to me
john kerry continues his efforts to resolve the crisis in ukraine. kerry meets with the foreign minister in paris. yesterday he was in kiev walking the streets. he then praised their revolution. he spoke directly to moscow. >> i want to make it clear to russia and to everybody in the world, that we are not seeking confrontation. there is a better way for russia to pursue its legitimate interest in ukraine. >> the u.s. and 14 other nations are forming a motion to monitor the tense situation there in ukraine's crimea region where pro-russian troops have taken control. >>> investors think the worst is over in ukraine for now. the three major u.s. markets scored their best day of the year on tuesday. the s&p closed at an all-time high. the dow closed up 21 points. we can only hope for wild swings in the weather which would mean it would be warm at least some of the time. this winter has been brutal for a huge stretch of the country including places that usually escape it. as abc's alex perez found out, it has also been good for some businesses. >> reporter: mother nature's march mad
with the embattled government. mike viqueira has more from washington. >> secretary of state john kerry insists this is not the cold war all over again, but, he says, russia's behaviour towards ukraine evokes an error. >> you don't, in the 21st century, behave in 19th century fashion behaving in trumped up pretext. >> russia has control over crimea, with 6,000 plus troops on the ground. the escalating confrontation has the administration scrambling to respond. kerry and president obama worked the phones, coordinating with allies. all of them, every one of them are prepared to go to the hilt to isolate russia with respect to this invasion. >> on the table economic sanctions. freezing assets of russian official officials, isolation on trade and investment and a boycott of the g8 scheduled for sochi in june. there's talk of throwing russia out of the g8. president obama spoke with the leaders of great britain, germany and poland. they are trying to deploy international monitors. one option that is not on the table is military action by the west. "we are trying to de-escalate this", says a senior o
secretary of state john kerry leaves for ukraine to meet with leaders in kiev. yesterday kerry called on putin to pull back. >> it's an incredible act of aggression. it is really a stunning willful choice by president putin to invade another country. russia is in violation of the sovereignty of ukraine. russia is in violation of its u.n. obligations. russia is in violation of its obligations under the u.s. charter. >> this morning there are reports of russian naval movements in the black sea. charlie d'agata is in the capital of kiev. charlie, good morning. >> reporter: we've just returned from the parliament. good morning, anne-marie. we just returned from ukrainian parliament where defense ministers are trying to find out if anything can be done with russia's military intervention in cry meara and further involvement along the eastern border. we learned this morning ukrainian border guards have reported a buildup of russian guards along the border. there's been a buildup of russian warships on the move also. crimean -- excuse me ukrainian forces trying to reinforce that border, they
condemning moscow. secretary of state john kerry heading to kiev to show u.s. support for ukraine's new leaders, calling russia's actions a stunning and willful invasion. we need to bring in diana magness live in ukraine for us this morning. get us up to speed. what is happening at this hour? >> reporter: hi, christine. well, there are several military bases in crimea which are surrounded by troops. also, we're hearing from ukrainian authorities that several border posts overnight were attacked by these same military troops. they are wearing, though, insignia. again, russia has not acknowledged that these troops are theirs. on the streets of simferopol, where i am now, it is very calm. it doesn't feel as though there is an invasion or occupation as such. there are troops, though, darted around various locations, for example in front of the main regional and administration building. what you set a sense from here on the ground is that this is more of a war of information. so, there are people who are watching russian tv who believe one story, who believe that ultra nationalists are en ro
in this week a's call to action on voting rights. first, our headlines. >>> john kerry has arrived in the ukrainian capital of kiev. >> an emotional wake through the square. >> we will stand with the people of ukraine. >> have had mir putin saying this morning -- >> there is no need for further russian military intervention but the possibility still exists. >> angela merkel told obama she wasn't sure putin was in touch with reality. >> making smart spending cuts and closing tax loopholes that right now only benefit the well off and well connected. >> it is primary day in texas. >> in the last gubernatorial election, the latino turnout was make or break issue. >> the voices in south texas will be the voices if they engage. >> are you homephobic? >> i'm not homephobic, are you? >> if you had more gay friends you would not wear that tie? >>> we begin today with breaking news. today the tug of war over ukraine is intensifying with russia's president defending his intervention and u.s. upping the ante. here's president obama over an hour ago. take a listen. >> although russia has legiti
to protect its tests. today on "meet the press," secretary of state john kerry cave his take on putin's actions. >> there are plenty of ways to protect russian speaking people in crimea and other parts of ukraine. but they're really sort of a hidden pretext here, possibly trying to annex crimea. >> meanwhile, protesters in ukraine stormed an administration building and kharkiv. what's it like on the ground here today or this evening? >> reporter: hello. in ukraine, you may be able to make out behind me, in the square surrounds by protesters. these protesters are defending lenin, they say. there are flowers. there are photographs. but the photographs here are of riot policemen during the violence in kiev a few days ago. now, yesterday, there were clashes between pro-european protesters here what's left 100 people injured. and occupied the city here and hoisted the russian flag. today, they have riot police outside of it. the next target will be the big industrial city in the midst of the country. and quite pro-russia. the feel is there are is general chaos here and the tensions that ju
secretary of state john kerry to the region. >>> not guilty. in a "today" exclusive kerry kennedy opens up live about her drugged driving acquittal, the kennedy name, the impact and what's next for her. >>> and the winners are -- >> "12 years a slave". >> the slavery drama wins best picture. >> cate blanchett picks up best actress. matthew mcconaughey wins his first. and pays tribute to his dad. >> i know he is up there right now with a big pot of gumbo and a lemon meringue pie over there and a cold can of miller light and he's dancing right now. >> and we're throwing an oscar afterparty with al and kathie lee live today, monday, march 3rd, 2014. >> announcer: this is a special edition of "today." "today's oscar after party" from new york and beverly hills with matt lauer and savannah guthrie from studio 1-a from rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on this monday morning. and let's get right to the results of our oscar pool. i made it until 9:15. >> that's it. >> 10:30. >> 10:30. winner take all. >> i made it through ellen's monologue. >> i liked her, i did
john kerry will travel to kiev tomorrow to meet with ukranian officials about russia's military action. kerry has raised the possibility of issuing economic sanctions and visa bans to russia. ukraine's ambassador to the u-n says he wants military support-- but nato dosen't support that. russian president vladimir putin has accepted a proposal to establish a "fact-finding mission" to ukraine -- starting a political dialogue. nats chanting more than one hundred people gathered in front of the russian consulate in san francisco to protest that's country's military presence in ukraine. most of those chanting and carrying signs were from the bay area's ukrainian and russian communities. they are calling for putin to back down. the kremlin has said that russia is acting to protect russian speaking ukrainians from the newly installed leadership. spherethose in the crowd on sunday say, that kind of help isn't necessary. many signed a petition calling on the u-s to act on the ukraine's behalf in this crisis. they say economic sanctions against russia could put the pressure on putin to pull out
in ukraine continues. secretary john kerry meeting with his russian counter part. we'll hear from secretary kerry this hour to see how that is going. >>> we know second-hand smoke is not good for kids but a new study shows that it may be worse, much worse than we thought. is all "happening now." jon: a fox news alert. heated and personal argument breaks out during a hearing on capitol hill. welcome so the second hour of "happening now." i'm jon scott. jenna: imjenna lee. trying to get down to the why the irs was targeting tea party groups for extra scrutiny. the irs says they weren't. the woman at head of scandal once begin refusing what she knows. former irs official lois lerner making her second appearance before the house oversight committee. >> miss learner, why would you say tea party cases were very dangerous? >> on the advice of my counsel i respectfully exercise my fifth amendment right and decline to answer that question. >> moments after that, top democrat, elijah cummings clashing with republican chairman of the committee, darrell issa after issa tried to adjourn the hearing with
grab continues and to the rescue, john kerry is going to head over there today to tell them to stop it. good luck. >> he's going over to kiev, the capital, which is okay right now. but this peninsula of crimea has been an area which putin said the russian-speaking people there have asked us to come in. their security was jeopardized we had no choice. we had to respond. putin did make one call. that was to china. he explained himself to china, had no interest in heeding the president of the united states who told him on friday don't go in there. europe was convinced putin wouldn't do this in defiance of the other g-7 countries. instead he did it and everyone is scratching their heads saying how did we miss this? >> despite increased efforts at reenforcement in crimea, kerry is going over, set to have discussions there. but he used bold words over the weekend, insisting that despite putin's actions, he's operating from a position of weakness. take a listen. >> let me make it clear. president putin is not operating from a place of strength here. president putin is using force in a complet
of state john kerry arriving in kiev in just hours, threatening severe sanctions if moscow doesn't pull its military out. new this morning, the standoff intensifies as russian troops are on the move. we're bringing you live team coverage of what's happening and what happened new overnight. >>> all right, news back home. an historic deep freeze moving across the country. millions waking up to near record low temperatures. it's march, folks, and schools are shut down, roads an icy mess. indra petersons is tracking the storm for us. >>> happening right now, dramatic testimony against an olympic hero accused of murdering his model girlfriend. witnesses taking the stand with tales of blood-curdling screams. we are live. >> all right, good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." a lot going on this morning. i'm john berman. >> and i'm christine romans. it's tuesday, march 4th, 5:00 a.m. in the east. >>> and we do begin with breaking news. this deals with the ukraine crisis. i should tell you, we are awaiting word from president vladimir putin of russia. he's expected to speak any minute. mea
of state john kerry meeting russian counterpart sergei lavrov. let's catch up on all the developments and just before we do that, mention that financially this country is in huge difficulties. we heard about the americans, washington offering $1 billion in loan guarantees. we also heard the european commission saying they will be offering 11 billion euros over the next two years. the financial side being addressed by the international community as well as the military standoff in crimea. this report by nick chiles. >> reporter: the diplomatic big guns have been gathering in paris for the biggest diplomatic push yet to try to defuse the ukraine crisis and the deep freeze in east-west relations. for the west, the key question, will moscow accept a direct dialogue with the knew ukrainian authorities. >> the prime minister and president obama have both made clear that there must be significant costs to russia of violating its international obligations in this way. now, of course, we would much prefer to make diplomatic progress, but in the absence of that progress, there will be costs to
or without ever firing a shot. ukraine's prime minister calls it a declaration of war. secretary john kerry is being sent to kiev tomorrow. >> this is an act of aggression that has completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. it's really 19th century behavior in the 21st century. russia is playing a very duplicitous game and very dangerous game. >> this is a photo the white house released of president obama and vladimir putin on the phone saturday, for what's been described as a tense 90 minutes. the day before the president warned that there will be consequences for the aggression, but what cost? republicans are skeptical. >> every time the president goes on national television and threatens putin or anyone like putin, everybody's eyes roll, including mine. we have a weak and indecisive president that invites aggression. >> i think putin is playing chess and i think we're playing marbles, and i don't think it's even close. if you look at the nuclear negotiations, we got our fannies handed to us. >> so much to talk about, let's bring in david rode and mark ginsburg. gentlemen, good mornin
that secretary of state john kerry is on his way to ukraine tomorrow. off the top tonight we have two reports. we'll hear from liz palmer in crimea in a moment, but first, charlie d'agata in kiev. ( protestors screaming ) >> reporter: anger, outrage and fear fill kiev's independence square today. prime minister arseny yatsenyuk warned that russia's military intervention in crimea has brought ukraine to the brink of disaster. >> this is the red alert. this is not the threat. this is actually the declaration of war to my country. >> reporter: the newly formed government put the army on high alert and called on men of fighting age, hundreds of thousands of reservists, to be ready to take up arms. thousand of demonstrators rallied against russia's actions call president putin dictator and a liar. this sign says, "putin, hands- off ukraine." in the place where they are still mourning those killed in protest that brought the russian-backed president down, activist told us there is little appetite for more bloodshed. >> of course i'm worried. of course. because i don't want to have war. and i don't want
. this will be one of the key things, we believe, that john kerry will be talking about when he comes to kiev tomorrow. this real fear of wider russian intervention and how best to prevent this. frances? >> all right. developing and happening quickly. we appreciate it. >>> snow, wind and record cold continues. check out this photo from late sunday. this morning, the storm is moving into the mid-atlantic and northeast carrying up to a foot of snow in some places. chris has more. looks like there is a nice layer already on the ground right now. >> yes, frances, it looks nice, but it doesn't feel too great. bitter cold out here, driving wind that pops up right on cue. and snow that has been falling since about 2:00 eastern time this morning. so we have about an inch, inch and a half, two inches on the ground right now. philadelphia is starting to come alive a little bit as people try and make their way to work if they do have to work. a lot of places here are on some sort of delay, governmental offices are shut down. the schools are shut down. as just the latest burst of winter weather comes plo
as secretary of state john kerry arrives in ukraine's capital today. u.s. officials are saying the the pentagon put on hold all of its military exercises with russia, as well as any bilateral meet lgz, port visits and planning kompbs. >>> at the white house there is growing pressure on president obama to find a solution to the crisis. there are reports the administration is getting ready to impose sanctions against russia. for more on all this, abc's jonathan karl. >> reporter: white house officials say what concerns them is when it comes to exactly what is going on on the ground in ukraine, putin seems to be operating from his own set of facts. in conversations with president obama and with german chancellor angela merkel, putin talked about russians in ukraine being under attack, having their churches burned down, homes raided. they say there is no evidence that is happening. as one official told me, he has his facts, we have ours. with that, u.s. officials are drafting what could be comprehensive sanctions on russia. these would be the first sanctions on the russian government since the end
in a way that resorts to diplomacy as opposed to force. >> secretary of state john kerry will be on the ground here in ukraine in kiev later on today. expected to depart shortly from andrews air force base. we'll bring you that departure as it happens, i want to go to jim acosta at the white house. what is the latest in terms of diplomatic efforts on the u.s. front? >> president obama met with his national security advisers earlier this evening, they're not really looking at military options, at least according to what the white house is saying. they're more focused on what can be done economically and diplomatically. you heard talk over this weekend that the u.s. and allies won't go to the g-8 summit this summer in russia. the u.s. is cancelling all military engagements that it has with the russians, that's a new step that took place this evening. you mentioned that secretary of state john kerry is heading over to kiev to talk about financial assistance that he is bringing promises of from the united states and hopefully according to this white house from european allies
. >> secretary of state john kerry plans to head to ukraine tomorrow to offer support for a government now threatened by russia. the united states believes russia has complete control of the peninsula of crimea percent and the currency value is on a low against the dollar and euro. the internet monitoring agency has blocked a dozen pages that helped out of the russian-leaning president. >> up to a foot of snow in the east coast including thick ice and up to 10up of -- 10" of snow are possible in washington, dc and the atlantic states. federal offices are closed. again. they spent the weekend preparing. >> ice is detrimental to our electric system. we have crews stationed throughout the entire territory. >> according to flight aware, more than 2,000 flights in the united states have been canceled. >> check out this image from nasa: you can see how big the storm is. it is a coast to coast event impacting more than 100 million people. >> many residents in los angeles county communities returned home after evacuation ordered were lifted after heavy rains left plenty of mud and debris in the ne
secretary of state john kerry warning russia against military intervention saying any kind of military intervention that would violate sovereign territorial integrity of ukraine would be a huge, a grave mistake. ukraine's ousted president currently in russia saying he still considers himself ukraine's leader. time to bring in a former congressman from kansas and attorney for former ukrainian leader yulia tymoshenko. >> good to see you. >> this is heating up now. is russia listening to secretary of state john kerry? >> i don't think russia wants instability on its border in ukraine any more than the united states or european union. there's common interest to stabilize the situation in ukraine. that means this new government has to be committed to unt, reconciling different factions in the country and they have to be committed to freedom and democracy. i hope they are. >> it's interesting because you have a lot of experience having traveled to ukraine on many occasions. but my question to you is if putin was on the same page as the united states, why would he put these troops there? >> t
including the pregnant kerry washington but ellen admitted she didn't have any money. you order pizza and you don't have the money, good thing brad pitt is in the audience to pay for it. >> the pizza guy had great stage presence. >> katie marzullo was on the red carpet covering the oscars and tweeted this photo in a stunning designer green dress made by a san francisco designer with a report at the top of the hour. >> what did you think of ellen as the house car host? did she score in your book? should she be asked back? gin the conversation. be sure to share your other favorite oscar moments on our page, as well. >> the palo alto city council will review a proposal to pest up security at the 49ers new stadium. according to the mercury news the city council will about off duty permanent and reserve officers to work at levi stadium a few miles south in santa clara, paid $55 an hour. santa clara has reached out to several agency for help policing the venue which hosts event later this year. >> the murder trial of oscar pistorius is officially underway in south africa and the former olym
and kerry, whoever is doing this, needs to start. there's one other problem. nobody controls anything in ukraine at the moment. putin's trying to control something, but the moderates don't control the fascists in the streets. the united states doesn't control the government in kiev, that's why kerry is going there tomorrow. not to ask what they want, to tell them to chill out. they have to calm down if they want us to back them. putin is trying to control something. i think those troops, i'm not sure, were from the naval base. it's not an invasion. let's be grown-ups, crimea is russia, it is part of russia, and what's happened this last week ends that story. it's never going to leave russia again, whether it's independent, part of ukraine or part of russia. that story is over. >> i'm going to leave it there. fascinating debate, thank you both for joining me. this will, of course, rumble on hopefully for not too much longer before it gets resolved. it's a tense and dangerous situation. i appreciate both of you for your clarity on that. >>> a beautiful young woman shot to death, what re
in on a written request from the ousted president mr. yanukovych u.s. secretary of state john kerry is due in kiev later today. they will start consultations on how to shore up ukrainian economy. let's just show you the pictures from the military air base a few hours ago. there was this shooting incident. what happened was the ukrainian soldiers, unarmed ukrainian soldiers singing the ukrainian national anthem, carrying the ukrainian flag marched towards where the russian soldiers were. these are russian troops who had taken over the military base. the ukrainians had been housed in a section of the base. they never actually left. but they wanted to take over or regain control of the area, the operational area where the russians were in control. there was some 300 ukrainians we're hearing who marched with that flag and singing those songs. but they were confronted by a dozen russian soldiers who then did fire several volleys of shots in the air and threatened if they came any closer to the ukrainians they would shoot them in the legs. this is exactly the sort of incident that the world has been fea
it is. u.s. secretary of state john kerry was in kiev today. he slammed vladimir putin for saying his government is trying to protect ethnic russians in crimea. >> they would have you believe that ethnic russians and russian bases are threatened. they'd have you believe that kiev is trying to destabilize crimea or that russian actions are legal or legitimate because crimean leaders invited intervention. and as everybody knows, the soldiers in crimea at the instruction of their government have stood their ground but never fired a shot. never issued one provocation. >> vladimir putin says he's acting on behalf of the will of the people. president obama says there's a strong belief russia has violated international law. there are serious questions on both sides though. at this hour we are learning new details about a tense phone call between president obama and president putin on saturday. it was reportedly 90 minutes. jim acosta literally just walked out of a white house briefing. what more have you found out about the crucial call which i think is fair to say went a pretty long time. >
john kerry involarrives in the volat region this morning. >>> out of order, a dramatic interruption in the court during the trial of oscar pistorius as the victim's mother speak to us in an exclusive interview. why she says she has to see pistorius face to face. >>> historic lows. winter's misery rolls on with tens of millions waking up to record-setting cold again. but we'll tell you why hope is on the horizon. >>> and stirring tribute. runners veer off course at a road race to honor a 95-year-old veteran who came out to cheer them on. >> thank you! >> thank you! >> thank you very much. >> the moment that will touch your heart, "today," tuesday, march 4th, 2014. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning. nice to have you along on a tuesday morning. al roker is back from hollywood. or as we like to call him adel nazim. >> my name in john travolta -- i had fun. we had a good time. love doing it. >> well, it's good to have you back. >>> by the way, big names joining us today. oscar wi
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